Same-sex couples have been able to enter into registered partnerships in Finland since 2002, but this form of union lacks some of the legal and more notably symbolic privileges of marriage.Today’s decision is thus a historic milestone in the progress towards tolerance and equality before the law for all the people of Finland.
The Finnish citizen initiative system aims to make people feel that they can make a difference.
This decision not only advances equality and fairness, it also helps define the role of crowdsourcing in Finnish parliamentary decision making.
In a pivotal vote today, the Finnish parliament voted in favour of removing references to gender in the country’s marriage law, which will make it possible for same-sex couples to get married.
It was predicted to be an extremely close vote, but in the end gender neutrality won with 105 votes to 92.
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